The Ireland Homecoming Study Programme (IHSP) initiative aims to encourage the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Irish citizens living outside the E.U. to return to Ireland for their Higher Education studies.
The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the planning and development body for higher education in Ireland. It was set up on an ad hoc basis in 1968, and was given statutory powers in the Higher Education Authority Act 1971.
Education Ireland is dedicated to the development and promotion of Ireland as an international education centre of excellence. The Education Ireland brand is managed by Enterprise Ireland, the government agency responsible for the development and promotion of Irish Business.
The Central Applications Office (CAO) The purpose of the Central Applications Office (CAO) is to process centrally applications for admission to the first year of undergraduate courses in institutions within the Republic of Ireland and to deal with them in an efficient and fair manner. The participating institutions retain the function of making decisions on admissions. CAO is a not-for-profit company registered in Ireland.
The Department of Education and Science is responsible for the administration of public education, primary, post primary and special education. State subsidies for universities and third level colleges are channelled through the Department.
Enterprise Ireland is charged with assisting the development of Irish enterprise. It works in partnership with its client companies to develop a sustainable competitive advantage, leading to a significant increase in sales, exports and employment.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) collects, compiles, analyses and disseminates statistical information relating to the economic and social life of Ireland. It is also responsible for co-ordinating official statistics of other public authorities and for developing the statistical potential of administrative records.